LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is an annual fundraiser event held in support of Special Olympics Ontario. The Torch Run includes runners, walkers and cyclists who will travel via several routes in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge raising awareness and funds for this worthy cause. With a variety of starting points throughout the Region – beginning in the morning - the event concluded at Headquarters with the arrival of the “Flame of Hope”.
The Waterloo Regional Police Service surprised some unsuspecting residents with flowers and chocolate at Rivera Forrest Heights Long Term Care facility in honour of
Random Act of Kindness Day. Random Act of Kindness Day is a community initiative lead by the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) which promotes the power of positivity and encourages a ‘pay it forward’ attitude.
911 MEMORIAL GAMES
On October 20, 2016 the fifth annual 911 Memorial Games was held at RIM Park in Waterloo. This is a one day charity sporting event run by members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service and attracts over 120 participants in Co-ed Volleyball, Co-ed Soccer, and Men's soccer. The attendees were members of the three emergency services (Police, Fire, Ambulance), as well as two teams from Grand River Hospital who collectively raised over $2000 total for KidsAbillity and the Cambridge Family Early Years Center.
In recognition of Giving Tuesday, two officers from North Division (Pictured Above: Cst. Matt Halliday and Cst. Pete Reynolds) collected monetary donations from their platoon mates and purchased non-perishable goods to provide to the Food Bank. A remarkable 1,134 pounds of food was collected and their total donation represents the equivalent of 886 meals.
UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN
The United Way supports local agencies that help approximately 200,000 people in our Region every year. Their work is locally driven and focused on the most pressing issues facing our community, including those closest to us in policing. In 2016, Waterloo Regional Police Service members planned events and provided donations to raise $38,827.55 to support a brighter future in Waterloo Region.
For the first time, The Waterloo Regional Police Service proudly flew the rainbow flag in celebration of Pride weekend. A ceremony was held in front of Police Headquarters where the flag was raised by Chief Bryan Larkin and Constable Steve Churm. Pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and queer (LGTBQ) people and helps to publicly promote their diversity and equal rights.
On Sunday, May 29th, several members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service soared past the finish line in support of the Superhero Run for KidsAbility. They joined hundreds of people who walked, jogged, ran or wheeled the 2.5 or 5 kilometre course and helped to raise funds and awareness for life-changing services and programs to over 1200 children with special needs. The event exceeded its fundraising goal of $25,000 and collected and impressive $32,548! Great work by our members to show support for a worthy cause and help young people in our community!
RIDE OF YOUR LIFE
Over the past eight years, a handful of dedicated members have spent their summers training for the journey to Ottawa. They would travel the entire 620 kilometre route on their bicycles as part of the Ride of Your Life Tour and have raised over $200,000 dollars for cancer programs at Grand River Hospital. This was the final tour for ‘Team 3C’ (Cops Conquering Cancer), made up of 15 police members, two Emergency Medical Service members and one rider from the Grand River Hospital Foundation.
CHRISTMAS IN THE HOSPITAL
In the true spirit of the holidays, the Waterloo Regional Police Service and Chief Bryan Larkin paid a special visit to children receiving care at Grand River Hospital. Chief Larkin delivered toys that had been collected through an ongoing partnership with the Knights of Columbus and brought smiles to the faces of many children and parents that day.